Let’s See What’s in the News Today: 7/9/2011

A lot of stuff has been happening.  Let’s check it out:


  • In the New York Times, Dan Savage talks about different forms of relationships in an interesting article about how non-monogamous relationships may not be so bad.  Keep things honest!  Re-draw boundaries on what one can do in the relationship, not have hard-line rules on monogamy.  It’s because monogamy is actually harder than we think.  Around page 4, there’s a critique suggesting that women may go along with it just to please their partners.  This may lead to a more diverse society with various forms of relationships.  We can’t have a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to romantic relationships.
  • As a response, Stephanie Coontz-whom I adore, as you can see from this post–has sympathetically understood Savage’s point, but disagrees.  She suggests that monogamy will still be the major institution of relationships and it’s not going away anytime soon.  Any why not?

    It’s because we’re not the kind of society that has lots of very close, tight-knit relationships with a sense of interdependence that exists across the life cycle. So, we put more of our commitment eggs in the basket of our significant other. As long as that occurs, allowing sexual dalliances, which sometimes become invested with big emotions, will threaten that one source of obligation and altruism. Because we put this emphasis on the dyadic bond, it is a fairly rare couple that can go into [an open marriage] absolutely confident that [these other relationships] will not turn into something more threatening and permanent.

    In other words, the notion of equality in marriages has made monogamy stronger.

  • Penis size has been linked by comparing the ratio of the index finger with the ring finger on the right hand.  The lower the ratio, the longer the penis.  How so?  Prenatal hormones.
  • A blog about using the tools of economics to investigate love and sexuality.




  • A huge smashup of Daft Punk songs.
  • Anyone want to play Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” on the piano as a fugue?  Or you can just listen to it:  


  • Samoans lose a day in order to gain an economic stronghold.

About shaunmiller

I have just completed a visiting position as an assistant professor at Dalhousie University. My ideas are not associated with my employer; they are expressions of my own thoughts and ideas. Some of them are just musings while others could be serious discussions that could turn into a bigger project. Besides philosophy, I enjoy martial arts (Kuk Sool Won), playing my violin, enjoying coffee around town, and experimenting with new food.
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1 Response to Let’s See What’s in the News Today: 7/9/2011

  1. thekillerj says:

    I’m glad the subjects in the penis study were anesthetized when they stretched their penises “as much as possible.” Jeez

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